Roanoke sophomore receives scholarship to study in South Korea

Salem, Va. - Tessa Sydnor is passionate about South Korean culture and the arts.

This fall, she will experience her passion first hand.

Sydnor, a Roanoke College sophomore, has received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study in South Korea during the fall semester.

She is the third Roanoke student to receive this prestigious award in the past two years.

The Gilman Scholarship is given to undergraduate college students for study in a foreign country. Established in 2000, the scholarship was created by the International Academic Opportunity Act, and it is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States.  It grants more than 2,300 scholarships to American undergraduate college students for up to $5,000.

"I've always wanted to go to South Korea," said Sydnor of Lynchburg, Va. "I've been interested in the culture for a long time, especially the arts, this includes painting and music."

She will leave for South Korea on Aug. 27 and return to the United States on Dec. 22.

Sydnor plans to study at the Ewah Women's University in Seoul. She hopes to complete her minor in Asian art while she is there.

"I'm looking forward to just being there and painting the scenes, visiting the Bathhouses, eating a lot of good food," she said. "Most importantly, I look forward to growing in my independence and experience as well as being challenged as an artist."

Sydnor has been studying Korean for two years at Roanoke, which has given her an introductory knowledge of the language before she will be immersed in it for an extended period.  Although her art courses will be taught in English, she plans on taking Korean classes this fall in the hopes of becoming fluent in the language.

Sydnor is an English major, and she dreams of teaching English as a second language in a foreign country after graduation.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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Released: July 15, 2013
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